Groundhogs: sacrificial crops or county pest control?

Asked February 17, 2018, 8:48 PM EST

Hi, We have an overpopulation of groundhogs. They started breeding in our neighborhood creek woods, but over the years their population has exploded and now cover many residential blocks of our neighborhood. Trapping and relocating them has not helped, neither has any fencing, (above and below ground). They are voracious feeders and there are too many of them. Is there any point to try planting a sacrificial crop outside of my garden or would that only attract more groundhogs to my yard? Also, is there a county pest control for groundhogs? Thank you

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

We are not experts on wildlife but tend to think that a trap crop may attract more. The trap crop would have to be quite a distance from your home or garden. Fencing can reduce damage to gardens, only, if you can prevent climbing and burrowing. Contact the Nuisance Wildlife Information Line at 1-877-463-6497 for more information on dealing with nuisance wildllife. They should point you in the right direction 1-877-463-6497. You will have to contact your County to see if there is any help.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/groundhogs

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